This isn’t particularly exciting unless you’re a magician, but I’ve recently joined Genii Magazine’s masthead as an Associate Editor. Genii is the longest-running international print publication dedicated to magicians and the art of magic. The new position feels personally meaningful to me, as I’ve held on to my father’s stacks of Genii dating back to the 1960s and 1970s. I first found them tucked away in his trunk of tricks, treasures, and ephemera that first got me interested in magic when I was 5 years old.
But even then, the aging milk pitchers, decaying papercraft, and stiff silk handkerchiefs didn’t get me as much as the stories—the legacy packed into eery item in those drawers and boxes piled in no particular order in that fraying black steamer trunk.
I started getting to tell some of those stories when I joined Genii Online as a freelance features writer in 2017. When the Online effort went on hiatus, I jumped over to the print magazine at the invitation of its editor in chief, Richard Kaufman. I’m still writing profiles and features for Genii in print, so keep an eye out for those in the coming months if you’re into that sort of thing. In the meantime, I’ve taken over a longstanding column called “The Eye,” a monthly roundup of magic news from around the world.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share these stories with non-subscribers. If you’re interested in magic, you may already subscribe to Genii. If you don’t, you probably should.